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Évolution (2015)

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The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Brebant Max Brebant ... Nicolas
Roxane Duran ... Stella
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... La mère
Mathieu Goldfeld Mathieu Goldfeld ... Victor
Nissim Renard Nissim Renard ... Franck
Pablo-Noé Etienne Pablo-Noé Etienne ... Le 4e garçon
Nathalie Legosles Nathalie Legosles ... Le docteur (as Nathalie Le Gosles)
Chantal Aimée Chantal Aimée
Laura Ballesteros Laura Ballesteros
Eric Batlle Eric Batlle
Mafer Blanco Mafer Blanco
Anna Broock Anna Broock
Celestino Chacon Celestino Chacon
Annie Enganalim Annie Enganalim
Silvia Ferre Silvia Ferre
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Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet - or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off by his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress. Nicolas is curious, thinks that he is being lied to and starts to explore his environment, witnessing some unsettling scenes. He then finds himself taken to a hospital-like building where he, along with the others, undergoes a series of medical procedures by the women, dressed as nurses. He is befriended by one nurse, who becomes instrumental in the film's denouement. The film is not easy to categorise; it is not only enigmatic but beautifully filmed with deeply poetic imagery. It reflects the fear of the unknown, ...

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Grow to become something new.

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolution See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Lucille Hadzihalilovic's first film to be released since Innocence, which was released over a decade ago. See more »

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Stella: Shall I tell you a secret?
Nicolas: Yes.
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from the album "Wounded galaxies tap at the window"
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Évolution
8 December 2016 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

The first adjective which came to my mind after watching Évolution was "lovecraftian"... but not in the sense of cosmic monsters or creatures with tentacles (even though there's something of that, because the marine stars which show up at the beach create a hypnotic fascination in the main character), but in the atmosphere of isolation and misanthropy which insinuates grotesque secrets behind the placid tranquility of a coastal community. Why are there only women and children? Apparently, the kids are ill, and the women occupy a dual function as mothers and nurses. Where was the corpse taken? And what do women do at night, while the "patients" are sleeping? Some of those questions are answered during the film, while other ones are left up in the air in order to reinforce a frightening mystery which provokes a strong emotional answer due to its exotic origin. And when the main character insists on his "investigation" of the missing corpse, we realize that the natural cycles of the island (if it's really an island) obey to rules which are outside our comprehension. As I previously said: lovecraftian. Despite being quite a short film (barely 80 minutes, including credits), director Lucile Hadžihalilović allows the story to breathe and find its own rhythm. The dialogues are sporadic and appropriately oblique; the camera rarely moves, and it frequently contemplates long scenes of natural beauty which invite us to reflect and digest the things we have seen. In other words, the narrative feels sure and efficient, lacking of any artificial conflict or forced drama; things are like they are, and co- screenwriters Hadžihalilović and Alante Kavaite don't judge the events they portray or the characters' unusual practices. In the leading role, the kid Max Brebant stands out due to his naturalness and total lack of histrionic affectations, while Roxane Duran also makes a very good work as the mother/nurse with an uncertain motivation to get interested in the main character's case. It's difficult to establish a specific niche for a movie like Évolution. There are no shocks, or gore, or masked killers, while its connections to author H.P. Lovecraft's work are limited to its disturbing atmosphere, so don't expect colors from outer space or lost cities in the Pacific; just an island with many secrets, which might be better not to know about. If that's not horror, I don't know what it is.


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